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Betting Opportunities on England vs. Australia

England are playing Australia in a one day international cricket match this Wednesday and there has already been a lot of cash being placed on both teams to win that match, but the smart money does appear to be going on England to win it.

In fact, so much money has been placed on England to win I have seen their odds on winning dropping gradually over the last few days and we are now at the point in time when the best odds currently available on England to win are just 8/5.

So if you do fancy backing them to win the match outright the sooner you place your bet the better, that isn’t to say of course that Australia cannot win this match, in fact on the balance of form they have a very reasonable chance of doing just that, and if you do fancy their chances their odds of winning are 6/4.

Odds on the Series Correct Score

If you do want a few other ideas regarding what you can bet on, then there is always the series correct score betting market which may be a little more appealing to you if you are looking for much higher odds than on the simple outright match betting markets.

Two bets that really do stand out currently as ones that may just bear fruit are for England to win with a score of 3-2 and the odds on that bet are 2/1, but another bet that could tempt you into parting with your money hopefully only temporality is for England to win the series with a score of 4-1 and you will get odds of 9/4 on that betting opportunity.

There is always the chance that Australia could win and one possible bet to consider placing if you think they will win the series is backing them to win with a score of 3-2 and the odds of that bet are around the 7/2 mark.

England could of course win with a score of 5-0 and the odds offered on that bet are 9/2, but for Australia to win 4-1 the odds are much higher at 10/1, in fact they get even higher if you think the series score with be Australia winning 5-0 and those much higher odds are 66/1!

Method of the first Dismissal

One additional betting market that most if not all betting sites now have open for a limited amount of time of course is the method of first dismissal and the one bet that most punters will have on that betting market is the Caught bet at odds of 4/9.

But cricket being cricket any of the other methods of dismissal could be the one that does occur on the first player on the pitch and with that in mind consider locking in some value with the Lbw bet at 7/2 or bet on and then hope the first player is dismissed by being Bowled out for the odds on that betting opportunity are 4/1.

If you are more of the mind that the first method of dismissal will be a Run Out then the odds available on that dismissal will certainly tempt you as they are as high as 16/1 depending on which betting site you choose to place your bet at and the odds on the Stumped dismissal are 16/1 and any other form of dismissal are 200/1.

Is Southgate The man For England

Southgate faces final Spanish test as interim boss

A 3-0 win against Scotland at Wembley on Friday night has strengthened the case for Gareth Southgate taking up the post as permanent England manager. The Three Lions certainly rode their luck in the initial exchanges with Scotland wasting several very presentable chances before the heavy favourites showed a killer instinct in the final third.

There would have been a sigh of relief behind the scenes in the country’s footballing headquarters. Two wins and a draw from his interim spell in charge of the senior national squad is likely to mean the Football Association offer Southgate the position on a full time basis although there is still the small matter of a glamour tie with one of the best international teams in the world to contend with.

england manager, gareth southgate

Spain visit Wembley on Tuesday, themselves in something of a transitional period following Vicente Del Bosque‘s retirement. The 65-year-old coach took La Roja to the pinnacle of the footballing elite and while they not be at the height of their powers following a disappointing couple of tournaments, they are one of few teams against whom England are underdogs in their own back yard.

Despite lacking the potency of a World Cup qualifier, this game should be played at something approaching a decent tempo and it will certainly be the most effective yardstick for judging what state the national side are in as they close out 2016, albeit it may come too late to adjust the identity of who leads the country into the rest of the qualification campaign for Russia 2018.

Barring an absolute mauling by the Spanish, it seems extremely likely that Southgate will take up the role which he publicly distanced himself from following Roy Hodgson’s departure this summer. The question now seems to be whether or not he is made to wait to find out his fate and when a decision is made, how much faith is placed in his relatively inexperienced hands?

Because of the hysteria around Sam Allardyce’s departure after just one game in charge and the short turnaround before the clash against Malta, the FA had little to no opportunity to consider any viable alternatives to Southgate, who was a natural interim appointment due to his role with the Under-21 side. Now though, the question is, how much due diligence will the organisation feel is appropriate?

Sam Allardyce leaves England job

England are not scheduled to be in action again until March when they visit Germany in another high-profile friendly clash. Theoretically, that could open the door for another candidate to come in and take up the job, although the majority of the likely candidates are either uninspiring or unavailable.

The former Middlesbrough boss has urged his employers to resolve the situation quickly but in an environment ruled by red tape and governed by committee, failing to consider any alternatives would only come back to haunt the Association should Southgate’s tenure take a downturn.

English football could certainly be in some sort of managerial limbo for a few weeks to come, especially if Tuesday’s result raises more questions over whether the establishment have identified the right man for the job.